Living with CHD - Teens
It is hard to be a teenager. It can be even harder to be a teenager with CHD. Even if you feel great, CHD never really goes away. It is important to continue to go to your doctor, even if you don't feel like you need to. It is better to stay on top of your health than have something creep up on you and cause big problems. These resources can help you make that big leap from your parents being in charge to you taking control of your well being.
Top 10 Things to Remember – Teen Topics
This can be an especially trying time in the life of an adolescent with congenital heart disease, especially as they are undergoing the major transition of leaving the nest and going off to college, joining the workforce, or just moving far from home. This resource can serve as a guide to the key points to remember about taking care of their health, wherever they roam!
Teen Topics Blog Series
It is important that teenagers are involved with their self-care and learn to manage their own health. Topics in this blog series include: Medical I.D.'s, Going off to College, Preparing for Independence and an excellent Q&A.
From quizzes to fact sheets, this site helps teenagers understand the importance of taking control of their health. While this site is not specific to congenital heart disease there are many great resources that can be helpful.
ACC Transition Tools for CHD
These tools are geared a bit more toward the doctors and the healthcare team, but they can be very useful for families as teens learn to manage their own care.
I Heart Change – A Canadian project
This website is designed mainly for young people with congenital heart disease (CHD). You need to register to view the resources available. There are several resources specific to CHD. Parents, caregivers, and health care professionals can register, too.
A Mother’s Love
"Pregnancy is hard. Having a congenital heart defect (CHD) during pregnancy is even harder." Loryn McGill is a heart warrior and mother. Loryn shares her experience with pregnancy, and discusses the challenges and beauty, of motherhood.Full Story>